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11/01  What Should I Do?

1:39 p.m. There are many grade races held this weekend, I can't decide which one to call. What should I do?

There will be Miyako Stakes, a step for Champions' Cup held in Kyoto on Sunday, while Argentina Republic Cup is held in Tokyo on the same day. On Monday, 3 integrated G1 race will be run on Urawa tracks, JBC Sprint, JBC Ladies' Classic and JBC Classic.

Miyako Stakes has interesting names lined up from Inti (why isn't Yutaka riding?) to Wide Pharaoh. But I need to call all 3 of the JBC races, as I'm going out to buy betting tickets. There's just too much to chew here.

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Caterpillar

11/02  For Today

1:46 p.m. Have been pretty much confused but decided to call Miyako Stakes for today, and one out of the three JBC G1s tomorrow. Note that I'm not planning to buy betting tickets tomorrow.

Inti's performance would probably be not so bad even after a break, so will key Inti. On the wheel I'll put Admire Victor, Rabbit Run, Wide Pharaoh, Nova Lenda and Westerlund. Sumahama's record win was outstanding however, high performance almost always demands a price to pay.

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Caterpillar

11/03  What Happened to Inti?

5:29 p.m. What happened to Inti? I wasn't watching the race so I went online to check the results and the top 5 or 6 favored horses had all sunk. Inti's performance seemed the worst, even taking the rather tight lap in account. Must review the race to find out what had happened to the horse.

Decided to call JBC Classic out of the 3 G1s held tomorrow. My key is Centurion. Don't seem to have many options to put on the wheel besides Omega Perfume and Chuwa Wizard, but if either of them would sink, then it should be Omega Perfume. Just in case that happens, will include Lord Golazo in my wheel.

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Caterpillar

11/04  Dear Centurion

10:24 p.m. Thank you, dear Centurion!

If you wouldn't have strived to come in 3rd place, then the payout must have been way too low with the top favored two horses finishing one-two. Thanks to you, I've won a triplet in a while.

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Caterpillar

11/05  It Feels Great

3:35 p.m. I made a mistake. It wasn't a triplet I won, it was a trifecta. Have also won trio, too. It feels great to win trifectas regardless of the pay-out amount.

So far I seem to be doing pretty well in my calling this season, too good for me in my opinion. Better keep it up as the season goes on.

This week it's the Queen Elizabeth Cup, a race in which this year's defeatless over-weight Japanese Oaks winner is entered...

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Caterpillar

11/06  A Huge Disappointment

1:53 p.m. My friends and I were relieved when I picked up some article on the web Monday night, reporting that Almond Eye has chosen Japan Cup as her last race.

Today it transpired that that article must have been fake news. Silk Horse Club owner/management of Almond Eye has officially announced today that Almond Eye has entered Hong Kong Cup held at Sha-Tin on December 8th.

A huge disappointment. So let down I'm lost for words.

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Caterpillar

11/07  Which Should I Key?

2:14 p.m. Before I knew it, it's already Thursday. Better start talking about Queen Elizabeth Cup.

The center of attention is probably whether the Oaks winner Loves Only You would beat Shuka-sho champion Chrono Genesis or not. Well, it depends on the condition of both horses. Loves Only You is rumored to be overweight, which the trainer clearly denies as "growth". The break since the Oaks being nearly 6 months long is also a factor that might affect Loves Only You's performance.

On the other hand, Chrono Genesis has already run a race to prove she can perform well. Though that can be a double-edged sword considering the time to recover from her Shuka-sho win. So which should I key?

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Caterpillar

11/08  A Little Accident

3:58 p.m. The barrier draw for Queen Elizabeth Cup has been announced.

Post NumberHorse Name
1Bright Moon
2Lucky Lilac
3Shadow Diva
4Uranus Charm
5Pont des Arts
6Crocosmia
7Reiho Romance
8Chrono Genesis
9Armeria Bloom
10Frontier Queen
11Loves Only You
12Centelleo
13Satono Garnet
14Gorgeous Lunch
15Miss Mamma Mia
16Scarlet Color
17Salacia
18Red Landini

There's been a little accident with Frankie, but Miyuki has apparently covered up the loss. Christophe Soumillon might get another what-for for hustling as Lucky Lilac has drawn an inner post.

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Caterpillar

11/09  Sorry For The Delay

7:24 p.m. I'm sorry for the delay, but I've been moaning to squeeze out my answer, believe me.

After all the struggling and the thinking, I ended up with Loves Only You as my key. I wouldn't say I guarantee, but no one could complain if she easily swept up all her seniors. On the wheel would be Lucky Lilac, Uranus Charm, Crocosmia, Chrono Genesis, Miss Mamma Mia, and Scarlet Color. Will narrow down to 4 or 5 horses by tomorrow, but this was the best I could do today.

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Caterpillar

11/10  People Pleaser

5:12 p.m. All the channels were broadcasting our new Emperor's parade live (did it have to be LIVE in Tokyo?) and TV Fuji didn't air horse race. Well, it's Fuji, they can't help it. So I went on to check the results of Queen Elizabeth Cup online. Will have to check the movie later.

Lucky Lilac... after all this time I've supported her and got let down so many times and finally decided that maybe, she'll have one last chance to win a G2 but not G1, she wins. Remeber I've written yesterday that I would narrow down my wheel to 4 or 5 horses? What happened was, I've cut out Lucky Lilac...

Again, I've lost in my own betting while announcing my call right. What a people pleaser!

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Caterpillar

11/11  Work Hard, Fast!

2:53 p.m. There are some things to learn from my Queen Elizabeth Cup loss including, why I'd cut out Lucky Lilac instead of Uranus Charm.

Will have to work hard and fast though, as I've got tons of things to do as usual and Mile Championship is coming up right behind. A pretty good succession of names I see on the entry list meaning it's going to be a mixed race, not if a wild race.

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Caterpillar